September 13, 2010 - by
Seminoles In 7th Place

Sept. 13, 2010

Florida State University junior Maria Salinas and sophomore Jessica Negron shot identical scores of 72 and both moved into a tie for 14th place in the individual standings, and the No. 22 ranked Seminole women’s golf team is in seventh place in the team standings after the first two rounds of the Cougar Classic at Yeamans Hall Golf Club. With only one round of golf left to be played in the tournament, Salinas and Negron are only six strokes behind the overall individual lead of Courtney Gunter of North Carolina and Laura Wearn of Furman.

North Carolina continued to hold the team lead and expanded its lead from four strokes after the first round to nine strokes heading into the final round. The Tar Heels currently have three golfers ranked in the top six of the individual standings.

Salinas (Lima, Peru) and Negron (Ocala, Fla.) carded even par scores in the second round and both have 36-hole totals of 146. The pair leads the Seminoles, who have three players in the top 20 of the individual standings. Senior Macarena Silva (Santiago, Chile) carded a 73 and has a 147 total for the first two rounds. Junior Hannah Thomson is in a tie for 45th with a two day total of 151 while senior Andrea Kaelin has a 36 hole total of 156.

Salinas played very consistently with three birdies and 12 holes at par or better in the second round to finish with an even par 72. She increased her birdie total by one as compared to Sunday’s first round when she shot a two-over par score of 74. Salinas was minus one stroke under par over the course of her front nine and birdied the final hole of her back nine to finish at even par. She was as many as two strokes under par and never more than one stoke over par during the round.

Salinas was at or below par during 16 of her 18 holes in the second round.

Negron was never above par during the second round as she carded two birdies, 14 holes at par and only two bogeys. She was one stroke under par after her front nine and suffered only one blemish (a bogey) among eight holes of par on her back nine. Negron was under par for nearly half of the round (seven of 18 holes) and was at even par on the course for her final six holes of the afternoon.

Negron has played 31 of her first 36 holes of the tournament at par of better.

Silva, the lone senior in the Seminoles’ line-up in the season opening tournament, recovered from a tough stretch of three holes on her front nine to finish only one stroke over par. She was a total of four strokes over par with two bogeys and a double bogey on holes five, six and seven but finished her final 11 holes of the round at two under par with three birdies and seven holes at par to finish the afternoon with a one over par score of 73.

Silva (Santiago, Chile) leads the Seminoles with seven birdies through the first two rounds and has closed well both days – she is a total of two strokes under par on holes 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18 through 36 holes.

Thomson (Perth, Australia) finished with a score of 77 in the second round after carding a 74 in the first round. She had one birdie on both her front and back nine. Kaelin (Fleming Island, Fla.), who is playing in her first event of her career as a Seminole, has carded scores of 75 and 81.

The final round – a shot gun start format – begins at 8:40 on Tuesday morning.

2010 Cougar Classic/Par 72/Sept. 12-14, 2010
Yeamans Hall Golf Club/Charleston S.C./Second Round Florida State Results
7/21.   Florida State     296   294  590
T14.    Maria Salinas     74    72   146
T14.    Jessica Negron    74    72   146
T20.    Macarena Silva    74    73   147
T45.    Hannah Thomson    74    77   151
T80.    Andrea Kaelin     75    81   156

2010 Cougar Classic/Par 72/Sept. 12-14, 2010
Yeamans Hall Golf Club/Charleston S.C./Second Round Team Results
1.   North Carolina     570  12.   Penn State            606
2.   South Carolina     579  13.   Maryland              607
T3.  Ole Miss           584  14.   Kentucky              610
T3.  Oklahoma           584  T15.  NC State              612
5.   Minnesota          585  T15.  South Florida         612
6.   Florida            586  17.   Richmond              617
7.   Florida State      590  18.   Mississippi State     621
8.   Charleston         595  19.   UNC Greensboro        618
9.   UCF                600  20.   Miami                 624
10.  Furman             601  21.   Charleston Southern   637
11.  Wisconsin          605

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